The Turquoise Room: Baked Beef Machaca Chilaquiles

La Posada Hotel
305 E 2nd St
Winslow, AZ86047
Yelp Page

Ever so often, you get lucky and find a great place to eat. And not just the food, but just the atmosphere. Being from Texas my wife and I had never heard of this place. But our stop here was for La Posada Hotel and we figured, why not eat breakfast here as well. The whole hotel has a beautiful Mexico vibe to it, and this restaurant played well into it.

The service was friendly. The menu seemed to have a lot of different items to choose from. But I decided on the Baked Beef Machaca Chilaquiles. It just sounded like a load of goodness. And goodness it was. They taste of the beef, with the sauce and the cheese, just went great with the side of black beans. I could definitely do this for breakfast again. It just all mended so well together and tasted fresh to me. I’d never had Chilaquiles before, and it really reminded me of migas in a way. Maybe it was the tortilla chips.

The stay here was super short, but we enjoyed it very much. Don’t want to get into the hotel a lot, cause this is a food blog, but I recommend the total package. It’s a little taste of Mexico in my opinion and I loved it. If I’m ever passing through Winslow, I will be stopping here again, even if just for something to eat.

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Cowboy Gelato: Bronson Burger

2806 SW 6th Ave
Amarillo, TX79106
Yelp Page

Our first stop when we reached beautiful, Texas land was Amarillo, Texas. Now, we did stop to see some good friends of ours, but a real bonus to being here was getting to eat at Cowboy Gelato. Our friends would constantly send us images of the burgers here, and tell us how tasty it was. I knew if I ever set foot in Amarillo, I would eat here. And here we were, and you bet I would come to this spot.

There was no doubt in my mind what I would be eating. The Bronson. A patty stuffed with your choice of cheese. Yes, cheese in your meat patty. We started off with some Corn Nuggets and I have to say, they were pretty tasty. Never had anything like them before. Very tasty and the ranch on the side went great with them. I could have eaten a whole platter these in no time, since they’re easy to pick up and pop in your mouth. Then they brought The Bronson. The cheese was oozing out a little. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in to this one. (I’m going to say this, but I know there will be some major TWSS here.) It was very juicy when I bit into it. Then the cheese oozing out just adds to it. Very tasty burger and it’s a great portion, along with the fries. Definitely will fill you up. Then, after you finish your meal, you have gelato, right there. But I must admit, some of the flavors were a bit scary for me to try, but it’s cool that they have options.

It’s a cool little spot, and I’ve heard it’s pretty happening at times. I wish I would have had more time to explore Amarillo, but we only had one evening there. But I’m glad I got the chance to try this little spot.

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In-N-Out Burger: Cheeseburger & Fries

2900 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV89136 (Westside)
Yelp Page

“You have to try In-N-Out!”, they said. “It’s so good!”, they said. “Best burgers on the West Side”, they said. What a load of croc, is what I say. Too much hype for something that was mid range to good. I know I’ll probably get some people to let me know how wrong I am, but hear me out and read this before judging me too quickly on this.I’ve never had In-N-Out before. This was my first experience after hearing so many people brag on it. Not just people from the West Coast but even people that have visited from here. So when another burger joint that we really wanted to visit in Vegas was closed, my mind naturally went to In-N-Out. I had high hopes for this place, mainly because of what I’ve heard about it from others.
I was little shocked not to find any combo meals up there on the menu, but hey, no biggie, I’ll make my own combo. Played it safe and went with the cheeseburger and fries. Great portions and looked great. So moment of truth. I take a bite and….. it’s a burger. It’s just a fast food burger. It didn’t taste bad. It was good. Just as good as any other fast food burger. Why did I expect more? What was I expecting? The fries were good too. So it’s not like I didn’t like it. It was tasty. But it wasn’t what I had imagined. I was expecting something more. Something that would have made me say, “Wow…. this is really good for a fast food joint.” Nope. Didn’t happen. I was disappointed. More disappointed in my expectations than really in the food. Not quite sure what all the hype was about.
The staff was nice. Service was good. Wish it hadn’t been so packed, we had to wait for a seat to become available. Not sure if it was just particular location or if all of the In-N-Outs are like this. I mean, I’m not trying to be mean about In-N-Out, to be honest I’d probably like it had it not been for all the hype people brought to it. Blame them. It’s a good fast food spot. But to be honest, I’d take Whataburger or Carl’s Jr. over it any day as far as fast food burger spots.

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Char-Pit: Mexican Burger

8732 N Lake Blvd
Kings Beach, CA 96143
(530) 546-3171
Yelp Page

I was pretty excited to be in Lake Tahoe. It was simply beautiful and honestly was depressed that we only had a couple of hours to spend there. The scenery, the air, the atmosphere, it was just a really awesome spot. Luckily we had one of my best friends who’s a local of Reno that took the time to accompany us here. From the get go he told us about this place. He kept mentioning this “good burger spot” and I said, why not. We were lucky enough to find an open spot to park in the actual parking lot of the place, because this whole area is just happening.You know when a place has a LONG line, it’s for a reason. We had only about 3 people in front of our group, but after we ordered, the line was out the door and around the side of the building. Yikes. We put our order in and not to play off of my heritage, but I decided to get the Mexican Burger. I like chili, I like BBQ Sauce, and it’s a little different than what I usually go for like a Bacon Cheeseburger and such.  Not this time! I love sauce, as I’ve stated before, so the fact that the let you have a good amount was a pleasant surprise. Most places you have to ask for more, not here. Already liking this place. The burger was full of flavor and the green chili and sauce mixed well. The fries were tasty as well.
The place is just a small spot, nothing fancy at all. Could have been a little neater but I’m sure with their traffic, it’s a bit hard to be on top of that the whole time their open. The problem for me was there was not a lot of places to sit, for the amount of people that come and eat here. So we, at first, had a tiny table and a couple of us were going to have to stand. Luckily for us a family got up right next to us and we snagged the table quickly. The atmosphere was nice, although I think most of it came from the beautiful scenery around you with the tall green trees and big beautiful blue sky above us. The service was nice for us. (I’ve seen a few people complain about how horrible their service was on Yelp, and how they kept hearing the manager screaming at the employees. We experienced none of this.) We had a good overall experience here, and I would definitely come back her WHEN I’m back in Tahoe. And I will be back here some day, cause this place was beautiful.

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KC’s Outpost Eatery & Saloon: French Dip Sandwich

100 E. Main St
Beatty, NV 89003
(775) 553-9175

Another stop on our way out to Reno, NV was KC’s Outpost. Saw some great reviews on Yelp! and being that there wasn’t a lot of other choices here, it was a must for us. When we got there, it looked like your usually small spot to eat at. Nothing special. Although I have to give it to the view. Being from Houston, TX we don’t get to enjoy mountain backdrops, or even hills for that matter, so it’s always really nice to see them when we are traveling. Going over the menu it’s hard to choose something in a place that you’ve never been to. So I decided to go with something that I’ve never had anywhere else, The French Dip Sandwich. My wife stuck with something safe and went with the Turkey Sandwich. Everything was great and fresh tasting. Always make me wonder about places that are out in the middle of nowhere and not close to any big cities, but this place is great. If you make this drive and you’ve never been, please do yourself a favor and stop. I love the atmosphere of this place too, very laid back, small town, “everyone knows each other”, type of place. I love that.

Now to the food. The French Dip Sandwich was great. The meat was so tender and juicy. Honestly wasn’t crazy about the dip, not because they didn’t make it right, but I know that kind of dip, I’m not totally crazy about. Just not my thing. But the sandwich was great enough on it’s own that the dip didn’t bother me so much. The bread was great, just a yummy overall sandwich. Probably could have been a little bit bigger, but I do have a big appetite, so you can’t base the size on me. I like to eat. The potato salad we great, but it was in a tiny shot glass of a serving. What am I supposed to do with this tease?

My wife got the turkey sandwich and I did have a bit of it. Also tasty and very fresh tasting as well. Love that they pack it with meat and veggies. You can’t go wrong with either or. If I ever find my way back I’m definitely stopping here again and trying out something else. Sadly, I’m not sure when that ever will be.

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Wienerschnitzel: Blue Cheese and Bacon & BBQ Bacon

2407 N Main St
Roswell, NM 88201
www.wienerschnitzel.comI know I remember seeing this around her in the Houston-Metro area, so I recognized the W when I saw it. I have never thought to stop and try one of these, and I’m sorry to say that after eating this. Not sure what made me stop here on our road trip. We weren’t trying to target fast food chains, but I guess I just felt like eating a hotdog and I’ve never had a dog from here. So why not right? So we order two dogs and some curly fries. Blue Cheese and Bacon and then also the BBQ Bacon dog. I’m not really the type of person to put a lot of stuff on his hotdog. I keep it simple. Chili, cheese and maybe some mustard and ketchup when I feel like it. Not that I wouldn’t want more stuff on there, but usually when I’m eating hotdogs I’m at home and I don’t have time to play chef with a coupe dogs. I gotta say, I was quite impressed with these. Great taste from the both of them, but I think the Blue Cheese and Bacon edged out the BBQ Bacon. Something about Blue Cheese and Bacon that blend so well. It was hard to decide which ones to get, cause I’ve never experienced this before. Oh who am I kidding, the Bacon ones were getting picked. The curly fries were also tasty. But as someone who loves fries, it’s hard for me not to like fries. I mean, you’d have to mess them up pretty bad for me not to like them. Seriously.They service was nice here, everyone I spoke to seemed polite with their service. It was pretty fast to get out, but then again we were the only ones there. I would totally visit another one of these just to try out more of the food on their menus. But unfortunately I’d have to travel a bit to do that. Maybe they’ll make their way back to our area soon.

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Backstreet Grill: Backstreet Nachos & Quesadillas

1919 Old Town Rd. NW
Suite 6
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Old Town

People of Albuquerque New Mexico and surrounding areas!!! You have a GEM here!!!!! GOTTA EAT MORE, is what my GEM stands for. I literally just made that up as I was typing, just go with it. We ate quite a few places during our road trip, and THIS is by fare my favorite place. The staff were all genuine and nice, it was in a little area perfect for shopping. Nice inside and out. It was a perfect day to sit outside as well. Heck, even the restrooms were nice! And the food, oh the food. Let me tell you about the food.

We ordered table side, guac to start off. My wife ordered the Quesadillas and Guac (she likes guacamole) and I ordered the Backstreet Nachos. Our server was super nice and friendly and was easy to talk to about our travels. I told her I would be writing this entry, but not sure if she even remembers us cause it’s been a while. I forget her name, sad to say, but she was awesome and I hope she sees this. The table side guacamole was great. I love that they put cheese on everything. Give me more! Love the chips too, perfect for scooping salsa and guac. My wife’s quesadillas were tasty as well. Lots of cheese and chicken. They aren’t greedy with their ingredients. And I’m okay with that. Now the Nachos… oh the nachos. How wonderful those nachos were. And man did they pile those nachos up! So tasty. That pulled pork works wonders with the cheese, hatch green chile and relish that the put on there. My only regret is going in there not starving. I’m ashamed to say that I could NOT finish this plate. Yes, I did have plenty of salsa, quac and chips but that’s still no excuse. Unfortunately I could not take a to-go box since we were traveling and no where near our next hotel.

If I ever pass through Albuquerque again, you better believe I’m stopping here. I want to try everything on this menu! This is a MUST if you’re here. Don’t take my word for it, look at the pictures! I’m drooling looking at them.

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Rocky’s Burgers Super Dog Drive In

606 S Dallas Ave
Lamesa, TX 79331 

No longer Spurlock’s Super Dog Drive In, this little spot in LaMesa, TX can be quickly overlooked. I know LaMesa is not a big town to begin with, but the road this place is at is a bit lonely. In fact when we drove by it, we thought it was closed. No cars, no lights, no one in the windows. Place looks like it can use quite a few touch ups as well. But we stopped, just to make sure. Of course we also almost drove by because we were looking for Spurlock’s. But according to our host, it’s been Rocky’s for about 2 years and counting now.So, I got myself a cheeseburger with fries and a super dog. The burger was tasty, the bread was nice. Fries were fresh cut and tasty as well. Really reminded me a lot of Sonic to be honest. The corn dog was nice. Told me the batter is hand made. Definitely tasted handmade and freshly fried, nothing from a box.  Not a bad little spot if you’re passing through. I can’t say that it was super special or special tasting, but if you’re looking for something besides the big corp franchises in town, definitely a nice little change.Photo-Aug-13,-5-18-14-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-22-20-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-22-32-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-37-24-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-37-47-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-38-05-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-43-09-PM Photo-Aug-13,-5-44-26-PM

Venison World: Buffalo Jerky

Hwy 83 at Hwy 87
Eden, Texas 76837
Fax 325-869-7220

You know what I like almost as much as I like meat? Dried meat. I only wish it wasn’t so expensive! But there is a price to pay for good food, I suppose. On our road trip out West, we stopped in Eden, Texas for some gas, and it just happened to be in the same spot as Venison World. Gas and meat. One stop shop. It’s a nice little spot, well kept on the inside. Don’t be scared away by the deer protecting the shop, he’s actually quite friendly. Quiet little fellow. They not only have jerky in here, they also have gear, lotions, jams, etc. But that’s not what I was interested in. They do offer samples so you can try some of them before you make a decision on what to get. I decided on the buffalo jerky this time around. Good stuff, not too dry and the spices were great. If you’re ever passing by this little spot, do stop by and check it out. They have a lot of meats to choose from and the staff is friendly. You can’t lose.

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Gourdough’s: Flying Pig & Fat Elvis

1503 S 1st St78704 (South Austin)
So-Fi (S. 1st St. District), Bouldin Creek

You know what I like on my donut? Nothing but glaze. Keep it simple. Nothing beats a warm Shipley’s Donut in my opinion. So when I decided to try out this spot, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like it because it would be overdoing a simple food. Finding it wasn’t too hard. They have recently relocated, so make sure you’re at the new place and not the old. They are in a small little area with two other food trucks/trailers. Parking isn’t too bad, although it was packed when we got there. Not sure if it was a busy time or it’s just always like that. Although it seemed like maybe it shared the lot with the building next door too. They have some picnic tables outside, and although the truck next to them had some umbrellas to protect from the sun, Gourdough’s didn’t. Luckily for us we had the shade of a nearby tree to help us out at this particular time of day.

I liked the variety of the menu. Seems like they have something for everyone. Only a few peaked my interest, but none like The Flying Pig. Bacon and maple syrup icing? Yes please! It did not disappoint. Just like letting the syrup run into your Bacon during breakfast, it had that same beautiful taste. It was a bit more thick because it was icing, and to be honest I think the syrup alone would have been great, it was still a good donut. Pretty filling for one donut. Probably could have eaten another one, if I had some milk. My wife tried the Fat Elvis and she gave me a bite to try it out. Bacon, bananas, peanut butter icing and honey. Also pretty tasty, except I’m not a fan of adding bananas. I love eating bananas but just by themselves. Still a tasty treat if you’re into this Elvis mix.

Overall it was a cool place. Nice experience. The staff was nice and helpful. At one point the lady at the window left somewhere and there was no one to take any orders even though there was someone in the back doing something. But that could have been a rare occasion. I wouldn’t mind stopping by again if I was passing through Austin just to try out some of the other donuts. Photo-Aug-13,-10-41-55-AM Photo-Aug-13,-10-42-00-AM Photo-Aug-13,-10-42-59-AM Photo-Aug-13,-10-56-24-AM Photo-Aug-13,-10-56-29-AM Photo-Aug-13,-10-56-40-AM